BEIJING (AP) – US President Joe Biden’s administration has seen a significant increase in the activity of US warplanes flying over China, a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
For example, Wu Qian said that the USS Mustin had recently conducted a close inspection of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning և its combat group.
“It seriously interfered with the training of the Chinese side, seriously threatening the safety of the navigation and crew on both sides,” Wu said. The ship was warned to leave and lodged a formal complaint with the United States, he said.
Since Biden took office in January, the activity of US warships has increased by 20%, and by aircraft – by 40%. compared to the same period last year, Woon said.
“The United States often sends ships and planes to operate in the seas and airspace near China, contributing to regional militarization and threatening regional peace and stability,” Wu said at a monthly briefing that actually took place.
China regularly objects to the US military presence in the South China Sea, which it claims in its entirety, as does the passage of naval vessels through the Taiwan Strait.
The country recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the crash of a US Navy fighter jet near the Chinese island of Hainan Island, which killed a Chinese pilot. He was called a hero who sacrificed himself for the defense of the homeland. The United States says its plane was in international airspace when the crash was the result of a reckless flight by China.
Wu also blew up steps to strengthen Taiwan’s monitoring of Chinese aircraft movement, a self-governing island democracy that China claims as its own territory and forcibly annexed if necessary.
The Taiwanese government’s efforts to thwart what China considers inevitable unification are like a “mantle trying to stop a chariot,” Wu said.
In honor of Beijing, the United States maintains only informal relations with Taiwan, but provides the island with defensive weapons; it is legally obliged to treat its threats as a “serious concern.” The rise of Chinese military activity around Taiwan raises concerns about the possibility of conflict.
In an interview with Britain’s Sky News, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Oze Woon reiterated recent warnings that China’s military threat was growing through “disinformation campaigns, hybrid wars and the ‘gray area’.”
“And everyone seems to be preparing for their latest military offensive against Taiwan,” Wu told Sky.
“This is our country, this is our people, this is our way of life. “We will defend ourselves to the end,” Wu said.
In his address to Congress on Wednesday evening, Biden did not address such military threats, stressing that China and others are “closing fast” economically and technologically.
“We are competing with other countries in China to win the 21st century,” Biden said.